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Supreme Court gives more time to Nehal Hashmi to submit reply in video case

The Supreme Court on Friday granted Senator Nehal Hashmi more time to submit a reply to a petition regarding his threatening remarks against “those investigating” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family.

Hashmi told the court during today’s hearing that he required more time to submit a reply to the petition. He also requested the court provide him with the transcript of his own statement.

The court responded by ordering the attorney general to make the transcript available to Hashmi, and set June 23 as the day of the next hearing of the case.

In a video that surfaced on media in May, Hashmi was seen apparently warning the individuals conducting a Supreme Court-sanctioned investigation that they will be “taken to task” for grilling the premier’s family.

His remarks were, prima facie, directed at the Supreme Court-appointed joint investigation team (JIT) probing the Sharif family’s business dealings abroad.

Hours after the senator’s incendiary remarks made national headlines, Hashmi’s membership of the PML-N was suspended and a show-cause notice was issued to him.

Subsequently, he also resigned from his seat in the Senate; however, a few days later Hashmi withdrew his resignation.

A five-member disciplinary committee, formed to investigate the issue, in its report recommended the prime minister take action against the senator.

Acting on the committee’s recommendation, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif issued orders for the expulsion of Senator Nehal Hashmi from the PML-N.

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